It’s been awhile. I have been busy catching up on four seasons of Game of Thrones. What have I been doing with my life? I’ve missed all these historical events: The war in Westoros…. The wildlings marching toward the wall under Mance Rayder…. Daenerys Targaryen’s efforts to raise forces to retake the Iron Throne….. Am counting the sleeps till Season 5.
In other happenings, we celebrated my husband’s 33rd birthday last weekend with a French Open (Roland Garros) theme (remember last year’s Wimbledon theme?).
As much as I enjoy going all out with a theme, I saved myself the expense of resurfacing the tennis court with clay, and instead focussed on recreating the food experience of the French Open. Fortunately, the food is basic at the French Open, with a ham baguette being the most popular food item sold.
Macarons are also popular.
I cheated with Adrian Zumbo’s passionfruit packet mix macarons (used 3 packets). I’m not sure where the CWA stands on these, but I won’t be buying them again. So much effort for little return. Respect for his pressure point tips, but egg whites are superior.
Recreated the event’s signature cocktail ‘The Ace’ and ‘The Royal Ace’.
Save yourself 10 Euros, and make some basil syrup (bring to boil: 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup basil; simmer, strain)
And some cucumber syrup (bring to boil: 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup grated cucumber; simmer, strain)
Add lime juice, and top with perrier (for ‘The Ace’) or Moet Chandon (for ‘The Royal Ace’).
Enjoy with a slice of Angel Food cake.
33 is my husband’s lucky number, so I have a good feeling about this year.
The family holiday in Cairns and Port Douglas was wonderful. As much as the boys enjoyed snorkelling at the reef, the submersive boat experience, the Kuranda sky rail and a helicopter ride over Port Douglas, apparently the Madagascar movie was the highlight of the trip!
My highlight was a snorkelling adventure tour on the Reef Magic. My husband thought it hilarious that I was the only person on the advanced snorkelling tour wearing a life vest. So much to see- schools of parrot fish, angel fish, clown fish, barracuda etc. And just when I was feeling like zebra print was a little too everywhere, I saw a school of diagonally striped sweetlips.
Embrace the print people.
Enough about me. How are you? Any recent holidays, birthday celebrations, Game of Thrones insights to share?
And what do we think of the new seals that have popped up on two litre bottles of milk? Overkill?